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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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Pathology said possible spitz nevus cells, surgery set in month. Should I find someone who can do it sooner? I've heard can be confused with melanoma.

Pathology said possible spitz nevus cells, surgery set in month. Should I find someone who can do it sooner? I've heard can be confused with melanoma.

Second look slides: It is always ok to ask for the slides of the original specimen to be reviewed by another pathologist / pathology team, if you are concerned about an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is a nevus?

Beauty mark: A collection of pigment cells that can be flat or raised anywhere on the body and change occasionally into atypical moles which are removed. ...Read more

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What exactly is nevus?

Brown skin blemish: A nevus arises from a collection of pigment producing cells and are common throughout the body surface increasing in many in adulthood. They vary in size and thickness, are usually benign, but are watched for changes as an indicator of the malignant tumor melanoma. ...Read more

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What is atypical Nevus?

What is atypical Nevus?

Dysplastic nevus: Researchers have shown that dysplastic nevus or atypical moles are more likely than ordinary moles to develop into a type of skin cancer called melanoma. Make sure your nevus is managed by a dermatologist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysplastic_nevus ...Read more

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What is a nevus flammeus?

Birth mark: Red area usually on the back of the neck present from birth which does not require any treatment. ...Read more

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Can a nevus be colorless?

Yes: Some moles can be flesh colored (or light tan) and dome shaped called intradermal nevus. ...Read more

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What causes a nevus to appear?

Melanocyctes: The cells are already there and grow large enough to become visible. ...Read more

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Why does intradermal nevus come out?

Intradermal nevus: because the nevus cells are located in the dermis only. ...Read more

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Are there other names for becker's nevus?

Not really: Nobody really likes the terms "pigmented hairy epidermal nevus" or "nevoid melanosis". I have several colleagues who are physicians and/or athletes who have Becker nevi and all of them like it. If you have one, I hope you enjoy it as well. Richard Gere's is famous and he used to show it off onscreen. Best wishes. ...Read more